Visit to Jacob's Pillow, 1970

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Visit to Jacob's Pillow, 1970
Additional title: Dance focus (Radio program)
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972 (Interviewee)
Rogosin, Elinor (Speaker)
Craske, Margaret (Interviewee)
Mumaw, Barton, 1912-2001 (Interviewee)
Cuoco, Joyce, 1953- (Interviewee)
Page, Ruth, 1899-1991 (Interviewee)
Rogosin, Elinor (Donor)
WBAI Radio (New York, N.Y.) (Contributor)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1970-07-31
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC 3-688 reel 1 (former)
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972
Mumaw, Barton, 1912-2001
Craske, Margaret
Poindexter, Betty
Cuoco, Joyce, 1953-
Page, Ruth, 1899-1991
Jacob's Pillow
Alice in the garden (Choreographic work : Page)
Dance teachers
Citation/reference: For transcript of Ted Shawn interview (side B) and article based on this material, see Elinor Rogosin's book, The dance makers (1980).
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Elinor Rogosin July 31, 1970 Lee (Mass.)
Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Acquisition: Gift of Elinor Rogosin
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 31 min.) : polyester
Sound quality is good to poor. The recording is marred at times by extraneous sounds including "tape hiss," music and voices as well as occasional short gaps. However, overall, the voices of Rogosin and the interviewees are easily intelligible.
Recording made by Elinor Rogosin as material for two radio programs about Jacob's Pillow, to be broadcast by WBAI, New York, on September 5, and October 3, 1970 on the series Dance focus, with Rogosin as host. The recording includes brief interviews conducted by Rogosin with faculty members Betty Poindexter, Margaret Craske, and Barton Mumaw, and with students at the Jacob's Pillow dance school, including the house manager (streaming file 1); as well as brief interviews conducted by Rogosin with Ted Shawn, Asha Devi, Ruth Page, and Joyce Cuoco (streaming file 2). In addition, the recording includes the ambient sounds of part of a dance performance at Jacob's Pillow (including Shawn's introductory remarks) and of dance classes. Streaming file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Mary Poindexter speaks with Elinor Rogosin about her background and the dance school at Jacob's Pillow [approximately eight minutes; followed by an additional approximate eight minutes of conversation with an unidentified speaker and the ambient sounds of a class]; Rogosin speaks with several students about their backgrounds and reasons for studying at the school [approximately four minutes]; Margaret Craske speaks with Rogosin about teaching at the school [approximately three minute]; Barton Mumaw speaks with Rogosin about Jacob's Pillow, how he came to join Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers, and teaching dance [approximately six minutes]; the house manager, who is not identified by name, speaks with Rogosin about his background, the school, and dance education [approximately nine minutes; remaining approximate five minutes of the recording is primarily ambient sounds including fragments of conversations]. Streaming file 2 (approximately 44 minutes). [First approximate 10 minutes of this streaming file sounds like a partial, live recording of a dance program, possibly a Friday matinee, including Ted Shawn's opening remarks to the audience about the program's content]; Ted Shawn speaks with Elinor Rogosin about Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers and the emergence of the professional male dancer in the United States including an anecdote about Gene Kelly; Shawn's presentation and teaching of Hindu dancing at Jacob's Pillow; his philosophy of dance education; dance as the communicator of ecstasy [approximately 12 minutes including a brief musical excerpt]; Asha Devi speaks with Rogosin about her study of Hindu dancing [approximately three minutes]; Ruth Page speaks with Rogosin about the ballet [Alice in the garden] she is choreographing [approximately five minutes]; Joyce Cuoco speaks with Rogosin about her training and career as a ballet dancer [approximately 3:30 minutes; the following approximate nine minutes of the recording consists of ambient noise of dance classes; the final approximate two minutes consists of Rogosin's prepared opening commentary for the programs on Jacob's Pillow to be broadcast on WBAI radio].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 77723111
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118498
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b8dae8f0-b2b3-0133-eb7a-60f81dd2b63c
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  • 1972: Creator Died
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Visit to Jacob's Pillow" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1970.

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